Approximately half of the Schools' students from all Years at St Hilda's learn to play an instrument or take voice lessons every week from one of our numerous peripatetic music staff. Lessons are available before, during and after school on a rotation basis. Most classical, jazz and rock instruments are offered and voice students may choose to pursue classical, jazz or contemporary styles of singing.
Music groups include the Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Saintly Jazz (swing band), Jazz Combo, Soul Band, several Rock Bands and various Classical Chamber Ensembles, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Quartets, Clarinet Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Classical Guitar Ensemble.
Vocal groups include the Year 7 Choir (part of the curriculum), Whitby Chorale (Years 7 and 8), St Hilda's Chorale (Years 9 to 12) and Barbershop (Years 11 and 12 by audition).
Students who take voice/instrumental lessons are encouraged to select Class Music as an arts option. This is available from Year 8 to 10.
There are numerous performance opportunities throughout the year for all musicians within the School and for the wider community. These include; the Inter House Arts Festival; Combined Concert with Christ Church Grammar School; Choral Evensongs in the chapel as well as in St George's Cathedral; Strings Concert; School Musical; Jazz Night; An Evening of Song (choirs and vocal soloists); Concerto Concert; Years 7 to 9 Showcase; Ensembles Concert; Band Fest (rock bands); An Evening of Song and Dance; St Hilda's Music Festival (for students in all Years and all ability levels in 10 different categories); and Speech Day musical items.
Many of these performances occur in the spectacular Performing Arts Centre, which seats 900.
Other community engagements have included Government House invitations, local festivals, local council occasions, care homes and weddings along with many other private and corporate opportunities.
An eagerly awaited and popular annual Music Camp for Years 8 to 12 takes place in Margaret River every April with numerous performances in local wineries, restaurants and breweries. Planning has commenced for an exciting Music Tour in 2022.
Click here for the 2020 Music Handbook.
Click here for the 2020 Senior School Music Cocurricular Timetable.
Click here for the Music Tuition Form.
Click here for the Music Theory Classes Form.
Click here for the Concerto Night Application Form